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The Old War Office Is Now A Premium London Property

Fusing modern interior furnishings with old-world architectural charm, The Old War Office building is set to welcome its new homeowners.

Jun 03, 2022 | By Joe Lim

The Old War Office — or more affectionately called, the OWO — has come to market in London. For more than a decade, it was closed to the public but a pivotal moment in history has created investors to partake in the purchase of The OWO Residences by Raffles. As Europe’s first Raffles branded residences, there will be 85 homes made available for sale in the impressive Grade II listed former Old War Office building.

The OWO Residences by Raffles

The OWO Residences by Raffles. Image: Accor

Some five years of painstaking transformation and restoration have gone into this London landmark, set to complete in 2022. These homes will also comprise the capital’s first Raffles hotel with 125-rooms and suites, plus an array of dining establishments and bars, and an indulgent luxury spa.

The Old War Office is steeped in history since its completion in 1906. Designed by British architect William Young, the building has witnessed many life-altering historical moments, and with many monarchs such as Henry VIII and Winston Churchill who stood over political events.

Sweeping staircase and crystal chandeliers take centrestage at The OWO Residences

Sweeping staircase and crystal chandeliers take centrestage at The OWO Residences. Image: Accor.

The OWO Residences by Raffles sits directly opposite the Horse Guards, adjacent to the 57-acre Royal St. James’ Park, a stone’s throw away from Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, and Tate Gallery, to name a few. Future residents of The OWO Residences will enjoy best-in-class amenities and services synonymous with Raffles. The homes will offer ceiling heights reaching up to 4.4 metres and full-height windows to capture the wonderful city vistas. The grandiose interior proportions exude classic Edwardian architecture that has been adapted for 21st-century living. The interiors are shaped by design studio 1508 London and future residents can expect to enjoy bespoke handcrafted kitchens from British brand Smallbone of Devizes, Waterworks brass ironmongery, and Onyx marble. Some original features such as oak panelling and mosaic flooring will be restored. Each residential unit is tailored to suit its location in the building whether it’s the duplex, lateral, or penthouse which ranges in size from studios to a five-bedder. However, two striking turret residences offering spectacular London skyline views will be for owners with deep pockets. It is touted to be an unparalleled residential offering while benefiting from world-class hotel facilities at its doorstep.

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Indoor swimming pool at The OWO Residences.

Indoor swimming pool at The OWO Residences. Image: Accor.

At every nook or corner, this majestic building will flaunt craftsmanship that is unwavering to beautiful details. Much of the passionate commitment to historic restoration has been left in the hands of the experts at Historic England and the Museum of London Archaeology, plus appointed ERP Architects to oversee all the intricate building details. With prices from £5.8 million (approx. USD 7.9 million) for a two-bedroom residence, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity should not be missed!

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